Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Gobekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods: The Temple of the Watchers and the Discovery of Eden Paperback – May 1, 2014
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
“Here is an author to watch. Here is someone interested in the truth who will take us there at all costs.”, Rand Flem-Ath, coauthor of Atlantis Beneath the Ice
“Göbekli Tepe: Genesis of the Gods by Andrew Collins is a comprehensive interpretation of the oldest advanced temple complex on Earth. Like Pompeii emerging from volcanic ash in 1599, Göbekli Tepe’s last moments were preserved by back-fill 10,000 years ago that totally preserved it as a museum of early prehistory. The extraordinary raised reliefs, pictograms, and pillars—many over twenty-feet tall and weighing many tons—tell the story of a forgotten culture from 11,500 years ago. World-renowned for his explorations of the prehistoric Middle East, Collins weaves together archeological, anthropological, astronomical, and spiritual aspects of Göbekli Tepe. His insights of Paleolithic sky-to-Earth cultic practices open our minds to Eden in the early Neolithic. In my own books, I have theorized that a series of cataclysms around 13,000 to11,500 years ago devastated Earth and traumatized our ancestors. Collin’s insights into this ancient site constructed by humans who were most likely recovering from post-cataclysmic trauma are compelling. This clear and correct interpretation of Göbekli Tepe offers even more! He draws our minds even deeper back 17,000 years to the Solutrean phase to describe human cultural development before the cultural regression. Göbekli Tepe awakens ancient memory to process deeply hidden trauma, from the past because it is a faithful and accurate depiction of the Paleolithic advanced culture. A must-read for anybody who wants to know the real story before “history” began.”, Barbara Hand Clow, author of Awakening the Planetary Mind: Beyond the Trauma of the Past to a New Er
About the Author
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Collins does an admirable job at addressing these questions. Understanding that such unprecedented structures could only have resulted from a sea-change in human thought and experience, he connects the astronomical aspects of the temple to the Younger Dryas Impact Event which had caused such a physical and psychological upheaval in human existence. Following the same logic that Settegast had outlined in "Plato Prehistorian", Collins explores how the climactic upheaval of the impact led to global collapse of social structures and widespread human migrations. In addition to the physical affect on humans, the cometary bombardment produced lasting psychological and spiritual changes.
Collins traces the wanderings of one group of climactic refugees around the Black Sea and over the Caucasus Mountains to arrive in Asia minor. They leveraged the cultural memories of the people there to establish themselves as a priestly elite with the knowledge of how to appease the wrath of the sky gods. From this position they were able to organize the people to undertake the building of Gobekli Tepe.
But this is not just an historical curiosity. The builders of Gobekli Tepe were our progenitors, both culturally and literally. The valleys and hillsides surrounding Gobekli Tepe are where the Neolithic Revolution started. Genetic analysis has traced the ancestors of our modern grains to this very spot.
In his evaluation of Gobekli Tepe Collins answers a question that has stymied archaeologists and prehistorians for decades. Why farming? Although you can still find claims that humans took to farming in the face of uncertain food supplies caused by climactic upheaval, this has been proven wrong time and again. Farmers lead a precarious, back-breaking existence, putting in a huge amount of time and labor for a low quality, nutrient poor diet. Farmers face the recurrent threat of crop failure and famine, problems unknown to hunter-gatherers.
But farming does produce something that is the hallmark of our modern life - a sedentary culture that supports a non-productive elite characterized by hereditary wealth. Why a free people would willing subjugate themselves to this miserable existence to support a powerful few has puzzled great minds for centuries. Collins has come upon the answer. The subjugation came first; the miserable existence followed.
Given his remarkable insights, Collins can be forgiven for the weird bit of how a dream led him to the Garden of Eden. While the Garden of Eden legend certainly ties into this story, Collins could have come up with a less crazy sounding way to explore it.
What the author, Andrew Collins, is investigating is the Gobekli Tepe archaeological site in South East Turkey, not far from the border of Syria. What makes the site so startling is not simply the fact that the architecture is monumental, it is that it dates back to the end of Younger Dryas period [a mini Ice Age which lasted for approximately 1,300 years and ended about 12,000 years ago]. What is disturbing about this is that the site throws the theory of the development of civilization [urban culture] into question. The essential theory is that agriculture enabled food surplus which enabled hunter-gatherers to settle down and develop urban culture and all the technologies that went with this. What Tepe suggests is that it wasn’t farming, because Tepe was active before farming emerged, but religion which began the rise of civilization.
The site was used for religious and final/death rites ceremonies. Villages were settled nearby to allow the construction of the temple complex and this spurred on the development/domestication of wild grains which encouraged longer stays until the area was permanently settled.
Mr. Collins’ book is fascinating and provocative but sometimes tends to push his argument too far. That being said, it is a fascinating read.
Rating 4 out of 5 stars.
Highly Recommended for those interested in speculative history/archaeology.
Top international reviews
However, unless various ideas, thoughts, artifacts, etc., are discussed, shared and disseminated, how do we ever find out about anything?
Much of this book is personal to the author, very interesting and thought provoking - his theories are not necessarily the conclusions at which everyone will arrive but is a very entertaining and informative narrative.
Worth a read anyway to learn much about the architecture and location of this fascinating place.
He's on to something here. Those 'handbags,' adzes, whatever they are, keep turning up. Once you start seeing them they are everywhere. Look at some of the equipment in bronze sculptures and reliefs of taranos, too.
Why are we so incurious about our origins? I am glad books like this exist. They may have flaws, but we need the questions before we can find answers.
Food for thought ?